Propulsion Systems News

13 Sep 2019

ZF Promotes Orvieto

Drew Orvieto (Photo: ZF Marine Propulsion Systems)

ZF Marine Propulsion Systems Miramar, LLC announced that Drew Orvieto has been promoted to the position of Senior Manager, Commercial Fast Craft and Engineering – North America. Orvieto, a 4+ year member of the ZF team first worked with the company as an intern in 2011.Orvieto returned to ZF in 2015 after completing a Master’s degree in engineering, followed by a period as a naval architect at a large American boat builder. Upon his return to ZF, Orvieto took a position as naval architect…

10 Sep 2019

Corvus Opens New Facility in Norway

Norwegian-Canadian marine propulsion energy storage solutions provider Corvus Energy has opened its a new battery manufacturing facility in Bergen, Norway. The automated factory is equipped with a digitized production line based on nine robotic stations and has the capacity of up to 400 MWh per year.“There is an electric revolution going on in the maritime sector, and we want to deliver the best solutions in the industry," said Geir Bjørkeli, CEO, Corvus Energy. "The Corvus team in Vancouver developed the groundbreaking battery solution that accelerated adoption of zero-emission and hybrid marine propulsion systems, particularly in Norway.

09 Sep 2019

Corvus Opens Second Battery Factory in Norway

Left to right: Gisle Frydenlund, EVP & Project Director of Corvus Energy, Monica Mæland, Norwegian Minister of Local Government and Modernization, and Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy, cut the ribbon to officially open the new Corvus automated battery factory in Bergen, Norway. Photo: Corvus Energy

Corvus Energy, the Norwegian-Canadian designer and manufacturer of energy storage solutions for marine propulsion and electrical systems opens  a new automated battery factory in Bergen, Norway to meet demand.“There is an electric revolution going on in the maritime sector, and we want to deliver the best solutions in the industry,” said Geir Bjørkeli, CEO of Corvus Energy.“The Corvus team in Vancouver developed the groundbreaking battery solution that accelerated adoption of zero-emission and hybrid marine propulsion systems, particularly in Norway.

05 Sep 2019

Oldendorff Orders ABB Azipods for Newbuild Bulkers

ABB Azipod electric proplusion is being installed on two Oldendorff Carriers newbuild dry bulk carrier vessels.

(Photo: ABB)

Bulk carrier operator Oldendorff Carriers has for the first time placed an order with ABB for Azipod electric propulsion systems for two newbuild dry bulk carriers.The self-unloading dry cargo transhipment vessels with 21,500 dwt capacity will be fitted with two 1.9 MW Azipod electric propulsion units each. The contract also covers the delivery of electric, digital and connected solutions, including a main diesel-electric power plant, generators, switchboards, bow thruster motors…

05 Sep 2019

ABB Propulsion Takes Ship to North Pole

Norwegian Coast Guard vessel KV Svalbard and its crew at the North Pole: the ship is the first ABB Azipod powered craft to reach the Pole. (Photo: ABB)

Norwegian Coast Guard ship KV Svalbard is the first vessel powered by an ABB Azipod propulsion system to reach the North Pole.The ship is equipped with twin 5MW Azipod icebreaking units which enabled it to sail through polar ice at speeds of up to 6 to 7 knots when it took part in an international scientific expedition, the Coordinated Arctic Acoustic Thermometry Experiment led by Norwegian research foundation The Nansen Center.The Azipod electric propulsion system is designed to make s ships highly maneuverable…

04 Sep 2019

ClassNK Guidelines for Wind-Assisted Propulsion

Logo: Class NK

Classification Society ClassNK has released its Guidelines for Wind-Assisted Propulsion Systems for Ships.Environmental regulations continue to tighten, and as the IMO has announced its goal to completely eliminate GHG emissions within this century, technology using wind power for auxiliary propulsion is attracting attention as one of the underlying technologies for accomplishing this. In addition to the sails used on sailboats in older times, systems in which boats are dragged along by a large kite and the wind it receives…

03 Sep 2019

New RoPax Design from KNUD E. HANSEN

KNUD E. HANSEN’s newest ferry design is a 154-meter RoPax ferry that can transport up to 1500 passengers and 440 cars, also featuring 657 lane meters for trucks and trailers.

(Photo: KNUD E. HANSEN)

Danish ship design specialist KNUD E. HANSEN has revealed its newest, groundbreaking design, a 154-meter RoPax ferry that can transport up to 1500 passengers and 440 cars.The vessel also features an additional 657 lane meters for trucks and trailers. The vessel has been designed to with flexible maneuvering and docking capabilities making it highly suitable for markets such as the Mediterranean region but it is also able to work in a variety of locations and under a range of operation…

03 Sep 2019

Knud E. Hansen Intros New RoPax Design

Image: Knud E. Hansen

Danish naval architectural consultancy Knud E. Hansen has released its newest design, a 154-meter RoPax ferry that can transport up to 1,500 passengers and 440 cars.The vessel also offers an additional 657 lane meters for trucks and trailers, said the marine engineering company.The vessel has a service speed of 25 knots and can operate close to optimum engine load even at slow speeds due to its diesel electric propulsion plant and azimuthing pods. The four engines have a combined power of approximately 48 Megawatts and are fueled by marine diesel oil (MDO).

02 Sep 2019

ABB Installs Electric Azipods On Board Bulkers

Azipod propulsion to be installed on board Oldendorff Carriers newbuilds. Pic: ABB

Swiss-Swedish multinational corporation ABB has announced that it is entering a new market segment by installing Azipod electric propulsion systems on board two dry bulk carriers from Germany’s Oldendorff Carriers.Two self-unloading dry cargo transshipment units will be the first bulk carriers in the industry to feature ABB’s Azipod electric propulsion. Both vessels, due for delivery to Oldendorff Carriers in 2021 from the Chengxi Shipyard in China, will be equipped with a complete power and propulsion solution from ABB.Each 21,500 DWT vessel will feature two 1.9MW Azipod units.

28 Aug 2019

R/V Nanuq Joins U. of Alaska Fleet

The College of Fisheries and Marine Science at the University of Alaska Fairbanks added a new Armstrong Marine-built research vessel to its fleet, Nanuq, which arrived in Seward, Alaska, ealiers this summer.The Port Angeles, Wash.-based boatbuilder designed the 40-foot aluminum hulled boat and Pacific Power Group, working closely with Armstrong, fit the vessel with a pair of Volvo Penta D6 engines that each deliver 330hp. The engines are paired with Aquamatic outdrives and Volvo…

13 Aug 2019

NES to Deliver More 'Concept' Solutions to Esvagt

Photo: Norwegian Electric Systems

Norwegian Electric Systems (NES) has signed a contract for the delivery of a further three equipment packages with IAS/PMS and NavCom to Esvagt, a pioneer in offshore wind.This will be vessels number eight, nine and ten delivered to Esvagt, where NES will deliver the same integrated automation system (IAS) and navigation and communication package with Concept Bridge as those delivered for the other windfarm service vessels.The contract is worth $2.35 million.Good conceptThe first equipment package with engineering is scheduled for delivery in March 2020.

09 Aug 2019

Tanker Demand Weakens, Says Euronav

Pic: Euronav

Demand forecasts in the tanker sector have weakened modestly over 2019 with the three core agencies (IEA, EIA and OPEC) cutting 2019 demand growth forecasts from 1.4m bpd to 1.2m bpd, says Euronav.The crude oil tanker company noted that this remains above the long term trend growth average of 1.1m bpd (since 1990).Asset values continued to improve primarily in the second hand market where prices for 5 and 10 year old very large crude carriers (VLCC)  and Suezmaxes are back at…

26 Jul 2019

GTT Reports Strong H1 Order Book

Image: GTT

French liquefied natural gas (LNG) containment system specialist GTT has posted a strong first-half order intake at the end of June corresponded to revenues of 713 million euros over the 2019-2022 period in its core business, which excludes LNG vessel propulsion systems and related services.The order book at the end of June had increased 27.4% year-on-year to 107 units. GTT said in its half-year report that “almost all” of its customers come from Asia, the world’s top LNG consumer.During the first half of 2019…

17 Jul 2019

SCHOTTEL Propels Barges, Cranes for Coal-fired Plant

Photo: SCHOTTEL

SCHOTTEL has supplied propulsion systems for four Full Azimuthal Electrical (FAZEL) barges and two Floating Crane Transhipper Units (FCTU) dedicated to transhipment for Dubai’s Hassyan coal power plant. The FAZELs and FCTUs are built to European standards and operated in the UAE by Louis Dreyfus Ports & Logistics, a subsidiary of the French company Louis Dreyfus Armateurs. The German propulsion expert SCHOTTEL equipped the vessels with a total of 20 rudderpropellers.FAZELs and…

15 Jul 2019

BV Joins the Int'l Windship Association

Photo: Bureau Veritas

The decarbonization drive is gearing up to be the defining issue faced by the shipping sector in the coming decades and the industry is searching for low carbon and zero emissions technologies that will deliver on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) initial strategy of reducing emissions by at least 50% by 2050. One family of technologies that is seeing an upsurge of interest in the industry is wind-assist and primary wind propulsion solutions. Today the Paris headquartered…

12 Jul 2019

INSIGHTS: Edward C. Schwarz, ABB VP of Sales, New Builds

Edward C. Schwarz, ABB VP of Sales, New Builds

Based in Miramar, FL, ABB Vice President Ed Schwarz is today responsible for developing and leading the newly created new sales team for ABB in North America.He is the firm’s leading advocate for new build opportunities in US and Canada and more importantly, developing the business strategy necessary for bringing hybrid and electric solutions to North America market. A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering and Shipyard Management in 2000.

10 Jul 2019

Swedish Electric Ferry Gets Superfast Charging

The electric ferry E/S Movitz provides less CO2 emissions and quieter operation than conventional diesel-powered boats. Image: Vattenfall

Swedish power company Vattenfall and compatriot electric ferry propulsion systems and marine consultancy platform Echandia Marine cooperate on electric ferry with superfast charging.Vattenfall and Echandia Marine have developed a new solution for electric ferries that is designed to minimise emissions and noise and at the same time lower operational and maintenance costs and provide superfast charging.The systems are installed on E/S Movitz that operates in central Stockholm and…

09 Jul 2019

AG Ems Signs LNG Ferry Pact with RNS

Photo: Royal Niestern Sander

Dutch shipyard Royal Niestern Sander (RNS) announced the signing of an agreement with the ferry company AG Ems for the conversion of another passenger ferry - Münsterland - to LNG propulsion.The Holland-based shipyard receives a contribution from the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union for this innovation process."Thanks to the LNG conversion, the Münsterland will start using a much less polluting fuel, which will reduce emissions significantly. The new shape of the stern will also reduce the hull resistance.

09 Jul 2019

SCHOTTEL's Rudder EcoPeller SRE

Double-ended RO-PAX ferry MF Husavik is equipped with 2x SCHOTTEL Rudder EcoPeller Type SRE 340 CP (900 kW each). 
Photo credit: Fjord1

Since its introduction to the market a mere three years ago, the SCHOTTEL azimuth Rudder EcoPeller SRE has delivered on a wide range of different applications for open sea and coastal operating conditions. In doing so, it has both shored up the ferry segment and moved far beyond it.In the ferry market, the SRE demonstrates its highly efficient and ecologically clean propulsion while also meeting the strict environmental regulations of the Norwegian market. As a result, SCHOTTEL has achieved a top market position there by providing propulsion systems for 16 ferries in various power ratings.

02 Jul 2019

Successful Sustainability Starts with … Lubricants

Unappreciated, but heavily used by operators and closely regulated by the authorities, lubricants can also be a welcome part of your environmental and sustainability program. That’s right: lubricants.When it comes to the ideal operating scenario on any marine platform, the challenge of balancing sustainability with maximum operational performance and arriving at a healthy bottom line has never been more difficult. That said; the arguably perfect solution involves using on board consumable product(s) that contribute to sustainability, operational, and energy efficiency goals.

18 Jun 2019

ICS Thrusts on CO2 Reduction

Photo: International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)

International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) plans to take concrete steps to support further CO2 reduction by international shipping.The representatives of the world’s national shipowners’ associations met last week in the Faroe Islands to review the priorities of the global shipowners’ association.ICS agreed a suite of actions in support of the UN International Maritime Organization (IMO) strategy to decarbonise international shipping in line with the United Nations 1.5 degree climate change goal.Speaking from the Faroe Islands…

12 Jun 2019

Preparing for IMO 2020: Marine Emission Solutions

Image: Danfoss

Part I: Enhancing Engines & Fuels"Wood Mackenzie forecasts a 25 percent increase in price for lower sulfur content fuel based on a SOx scrubber adoption rate of about two percent, but some scenarios could cause LSFO prices to spike by as much as 60 percent."Around 80 percent of global trade is carried by sea. With more than 125,000 commercial and naval vessels operating around the world, ship-engine emissions are projected to rise by 250 percent by 2050 unless controls are imposed.

11 Jun 2019

Interview: Kjeld Aabo, Director New Technologies, MAN ES

Kjeld Aabo, Director New Technologies, MAN ES.

“I think it is very early to project what will be the fuel of the future. I think that it will be much more clear in January 2020 (when the new IMO fuel rules enter force) and we see the direction of fuel costs.”To start, put in perspective the current pressure to reduce emissions in the maritime industry.It all really started at the beginning of the 1990s when the world started discussing that something needed to be done on exhaust gas emissions from marine vessels. We stayed in contact with various regulatory authorities, as we tried to be a part of the conversation in the creation of rules.

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